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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 2, 2011

Week-long showcase at Northwest to highlight academic work, performances

Academic Celebration, March 6-12
All events free and open to the public
For a printable schedule of events click here.

Sunday, March 6, 3 p.m.
Charles Johnson Theater: Tower Choir and Kearney High School Choirs Concert

Monday, March 7, 8 p.m., Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts
Symphonic Band/Wind Symphony Concert

Tuesday, March 8, noon, J.W. Jones Student Union Boardroom
College of Arts & Sciences Academic Showcase
Program begins at 12:15 p.m.
"The Purpose of a University Education"

Tuesday, March 8, 3-7 p.m., J.W. Jones Student Union
Celebration of Quality Student Symposium
3 p.m. - Registration
3:30 p.m. - Opening ceremonies (Tower View Dining Room)
4:15 p.m. - Session 1 (Meeting Rooms A, B, & C)
5:45 p.m. - Session 2 (Meeting Rooms A, B, C, & E) 

Wed., March 9, noon, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Booth College of Business & Professional Studies Academic Showcase
Deb Toomey will discuss her marketing research class's work with professional clients and Dean Sanders will provide an overview of the Mission Command Battle Lab project computer science students are studying for the Army.

Wed., March 9, 3-8 p.m., J.W. Jones Student Union
Celebration of Quality Student Symposium
3 p.m. - Session 3 (Meeting Room A)
4:30 p.m. - Session 4 (Meeting Rooms A, B, & C)
6 p.m. - Session 5 (Meeting Rooms A, B, & C)
7:15 p.m. - Closing reception (Tower View Dining Room)

Thurs., March 10, noon, J.W. Jones Student Union Room D
College of Education & Human Services Academic Showcase
Program begins at 12:20 p.m.
"Course Redesign Process for General Psychology" (Dr. Carla Edwards)
Refreshments and dessert will be provided. Attendees are to bring their own lunch.

Friday, March 11, 6 p.m., J.W. Jones Student Union Boardroom
Celebration of Quality Banquet (by invitation only)
Music: Northwest Flute Quartet
Speaker: Provost Dr. Doug Dunham

Saturday, March 12, Charles Johnson Theater and Ron Houston Center
Northwest Jazz Festival
Northwest Jazz Ensemble concerts at noon and 5 p.m., in the Charles Johnson Theater. Middle school and high school bands and ensembles are performing throughout the day in Charles Johnson Theater and the Ron Houston Center. 

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University will celebrate the academic achievements of students, organizations and departments across its campus with a week-long Academic Celebration that will include presentations highlighting students' best work.

In addition to musical performances and presentations throughout the week, the Celebration of Quality symposium Tuesday, March 8, and Wednesday, March 9, will showcase more than 50 Northwest students' work, ranging from film and art projects to research papers and demonstrations.

All events throughout the week are free and open to the public.

For a printable schedule of all events click here.

For a printable schedule of students and projects showcased during the symposium
click here.

"I am incredibly excited for the Academic Celebration," Northwest Provost Dr. Doug Dunham said. "This is a week during which our students have the opportunity to showcase their intellectual curiosity and creativity. There is nothing more gratifying than witnessing our students emerge as scholars, artists and leaders."

The Academic Celebration will kick off with the Tower Choir concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6, in the Charles Johnson Theater. The choir will perform with two Kearney High School choirs, Bel Canto and the Chamber Choir. At 8 p.m. Monday, March 7, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts, the Northwest Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will perform.

The Academic Celebration also includes a series of "brown bag" lunch events representing each of the University's three academic colleges. Light refreshments will be served at the gatherings, and attendees are invited to bring their lunches.  

The Celebration of Quality symposium will begin at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the Tower View Dining Room with opening ceremonies, featuring Dr. Joyce Piveral, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, and the Northwest Flute Quartet. Sessions are set for 4:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Sessions on Wednesday, March 9, will be 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., with a closing reception from 7:15 to 8 p.m. Artwork and posters will be displayed throughout the symposium in the Tower View Dining Room.

The Academic Celebration concludes Saturday, March 12, with the Northwest Jazz Festival. Middle school and high school bands and ensembles are scheduled to perform throughout the day in the Charles Johnson Theater and the Ron Houston Center. The Northwest Jazz Ensemble will perform at noon and 5 p.m. in the Charles Johnson Theater. 

Dunham extended thanks to Dr. Jenny Rytting, assistant professor of English, and Dr. Thomas Spencer, professor of history, humanities, philosophy and political science, are coordinating this year's event with the Honors Program and the Society of President's Scholars. Spencer is director of the Honors Program and Rytting is faculty sponsor of the Society of President's Scholars.

"Early last trimester I went to them only with an idea of wanting to create an event in which we could celebrate academic achievements," Dunham said. "In just a few short months they have put together a week-long program that - whether through a musical production, a research project or visual art - promises to challenge and entertain us."

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468